Waltz, who was sworn into the U.S. Army’s 511th Engineer Battalion in June, 1942 in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at the Battle of Salerno on Sept. 14, 1943. The citation states that “In the face of withering fire he seized a position which was essential to the success of the assault and enabled the assaulting troops to gain their objective.”
On this day in 1876, at the age of 23, Captain Clement LeJeune was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Battle of Little Big Horn. LeJeune, a native of New York and an officer in the 7th Cavalry regiment, distinguished himself at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
An American soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor for risking his life fighting against the Japanese forces during WWII passed away today, August 1, 2014. He was the first Asian-American and the first Asian recipient of the Medal of Honor.. Read more about medal of honor recipients and let us know what you think.A Medal of Honor recipient will be buried Friday at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Kansas City.
The remains of Sgt. Robert McFelan were discovered by veteran George Westbrook, a volunteer with Wreaths Across America, in the mud and dirt of Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lansing, Kansas, in a section reserved for beggars or unclaimed bodies.
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It made my brain work. No veteran should be buried at Potter’s Field, especially not Medal of Honor recipients, Michelle Kebe, coordinator of Wreaths Across America at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Kansas, told Military.com.
McPhelan, who was born in 1837 in County Laois, Ireland, and later emigrated to New York, received the nation’s highest military decoration for his actions during the Indian Field Campaign when he served in Company E of the 5th Cavalry Regiment.
The medal was awarded in 1877 by General William T. Sherman for his actions at Cedar Creek, Montana – a campaign in which Lakota chief Sitting Bull was defeated – otherwise little is known about McFelan’s bravery.
Short awards of the Medal of Honour were common in the 19th century before much more stringent requirements were introduced at the end of the First World War.
To move McFelan’s grave, Sebe asked permission from the family. Then she needed approval from the cemetery and to raise money for the job, Military.com writes.
The campaign grew and by contacting local chapters of the American Legion and the United States Army Association, Seb managed to raise the $3,000 needed to transport the veteran’s remains.
McPhelan, who worked at Fort Leavenworth until his death in 1884, is being privately exhumed. His family requested that when he was buried with the medal, it be photographed and reburied with him, Military.com reported.
Two great-granddaughters and a great-great-granddaughter of McPhelan will be on hand Friday to receive a new gold-engraved headstone.
We’re very excited, said Laurie Rogers, McFelan’s great-great-granddaughter. He deserves so much better.
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